February 02 2012 10:11AM
In the big picture, the 50 game mark is of very little significance over an 82-game NHL season. But let’s be honest -- it’s a nice round number and one that is easily divisible by two. The Canucks reached the 50 game mark with their 3-2 overtime win over Chicago on Tuesday, and being good with simple math, that’s all that is needed to allow us to take a look at the first two 25 game segments of the 2011-12 Vancouver Canucks season, make a few observations, and maybe draw a few conclusions too. Follow me past the jump:
February 02 2012 08:53AM
Watch out Henrik Karlsson, those two Canucks are "clutch".
Cody Hodgson, as we all know, had a terrific January. As a Canucks Army newcomer described on Twitter last night Hodgson has scored "big goals at big times". He scored the tying goal against Chicago on a breakaway and scored this year's most memorable goal (so far) with a vicious slapshot that beat Tim Thomas, and stood up as the winning goal in the Stanley Cup Final rematch early in the month.
This got me thinking. Which Canucks score the biggest goals at the biggest times? Also, does it matter? Well, yeah, in the scope of a month or two, you'll notice players who seem to come up big. In the interest of satire because I rail so often against a player's individual "clutch" ability, I counted up all the "big goals" the Canucks have scored this season. Those are goals in the 3rd period or overtime, as well as game winners.
February 01 2012 10:30PM
Well, it's been a while. Between zipping down to Edmonton/Calgary for the World Juniors and a host of other things, it's been better than a month since we've checked in on the Nation Network Hockey Pool. As it turns out, a lot can happen in that amount of time.
February 01 2012 05:38PM
Eight years ago, at the conclusion of the last collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHLPA, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and then NHLPA director Bob Goodenow were set in their respective positions and firing salvos at each other through the media. Today, Bettman and new NHLPA director Donald Fehr are approaching the end of another CBA in a very different matter: by putting negotiations off.
February 01 2012 03:46PM
What can I say... these guys are the best.
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